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 Expert  725988

Expert in City Planning, Regional Planning, Zoning, Land Use

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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Land planning is the process establishing policy and designed layout of land parcels. He has done land planning for the past thirty years as a consultant in the field. Generally, this work is done in suburban settings. It often leads to follow up asignments presenting land plans he has created to municipal planning commissions, zoning board of appeals and city councils. Land planning is one of the major elements of city planning and it is taught in every city planning and most landscape architecture schools across the country, usually at the masters level. Expert has acted as expert witness in a number of land planning matters as a representative of both plantiff and defendant.

land planning

Strategic planning in the field of city planning involves means and methods to implement planning policies usually found in a government agency's comprehensive plan. As a city planning consultant he has led numerous client communities process and then commit to strategic actions that will work to implementing their planning policies.

strategic planning

Urban planning, often referred to city planning, is the overarching name that decribes what city planners do. He has prepared comprehensive plans, written zoning ordinances and prepared downtown and corridor plans all of which are considered urban planning. He is expert in many aspects of urban planning especially in the preparation of zoning ordinances, and policy planning. He has worked on urban planning contracts for more than 150 municipalities in this field while the company he head has worked for more than 300. This extensive experience in urban planning strengthens his ability to act as a knowledgable expert witness. As an expert witness he has won a majority of cases in which he has been has been involved.

urban planning

A large part of his planning practice has taken place along the urban fringe of large cities and metropolitan areas. As a responsible planner, he has devoted a part of his work with client communities to offset the worst characteristics and high public cost of urban sprawl. He has worked to increase densities where possible which is a major strategy to lessen the effects of urban sprawl. He has become quite knowlegable in a new zoning technique referred to as "form-based zoning" which works to achieve sustainable developments that set conditions to avoid the worst aspects of urban sprawl.

urban sprawl

He is one of the country's foremost experts in zoning ordinance preparation and in testimony to defend these and other ordinances as well. His work in writing zoning ordinances provides him a deep knowledge of the zoning field to back up his opinions and testimony in expert witness cases. He has trained his employees in the tecniques of zoning and has lectured on the topic at professional meetings and unversities. He has authored in the range of twenty-five zoning ordinances during his career.


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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1964   BA   Economics   Michigan State University   All "A" Scholars
1966   MS   City and regional planning   Illinois Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1975 to







He is active leader of land use and zoning sector of company. He preformed expert testimony before state and federal court on land use zoning and fair housing matters.

1968 to




City Planning


Senior Associate


He was in charge of completing contracts with client cities. His are of concentration include the preparation of comprhesive plans, zoning ordinances and expert testimony.

Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of APA (American Planning Association). He is also a member of LPCI ( Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois). Futher, he is a member of Lamda Alpha International ( a society for real estate professionals)


AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners)

Professional Appointments

He has been or is currently; president of the Illinois chapter of APA. He is the first Senior Fellow at the Chaddick Institute of Metroplantan Development at DePaul University in Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Intitute of Technology.


He was chief consultant for FOCUS Kansas City which won the Plan of the Year award given by the national directors of the American Planning Association. He also was awarded the APA Illinois Chapter award for the best preservation plan for a plan to conserve historic Pullman, Illinois. He was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architect's design plan of the year for his work on Image Enhancement in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 150 publications related to his work as a planning consultant.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Expert's Firm  
 - City of Park Ridge, Illinois  
 - City of Urbandale, Iowa  
 - City of Lincolnshire, Illinois  
 - City of Kansas City, Missouri  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
to   Village of North Aurora   Consultant   He is author of a new zoning ordinance.
2005 to 2007   City of Park Ridge, Illinois   Head consultant   He was author of a new zoning ordinance
2006 to 2008   County of Winnebago, Illinois   Head consultant   He prepared a update to the county's comprehensive land use plan
1997 to 1999   City of Kansas City, Missouri   Head consultant   He was prime author of the Human Investment Plan - a part of FOCUS Kansas City. Also the lead consultant of 15 co-consultants on the project

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was lead consultant on the Redevelopment Plan for The Glelnview Naval Air Station- a BRAC base closure project.
  • He prepared a new Zoning Ordinance for Peoria, Illinois
  • He was author of An Expert Opinion report for a case involving the Fait Housing amendment to the 1968 Civil Right Act on behalf of the Marriott Senior Living Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia
  • He was author of a zoning policy document prepared for the City of Newark, New Jersey
  • He is currently the lead consultant on a project to rewrite the Winnebago County, Illinois Zoning Ordinance.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Need estimates of new non-residential construction with landscaping.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has appeared in federal and state courts as an expert witness and completed related depositions approximately twenty time over his career. He has appeared before zoning appeal boards and plan commission as an expert on a regular basis on a variety of subjects within the planning, zoning and fair housing areas.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Traffic calming expert for consulting on traffic calming devices.
  • Expert witness urban policy and planning for consulting on City Planner.
  • Wind energy expert for consulting on Wind Energy.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Moderately proficient

Market Research:
He has presented at a number of national conferences in his professional organization (the American Planning Association) in the areas of neighborhood planning, public participation, evaluation of planning concepts, human investment planning and the updating of zoning ordinances.

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Additional Skills and Services:

He developed and taught a community redevelopment course at the Illinois Intitute of Technology where he is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department. He has also developed a branch of planning referred to as Human Investment Planning that addresses the social aspects and quality-of-life factors of city populations. He has given lectures on this topic and others in his role as Senior Fellow at the Chaddick Intitute for Metropolitan Development - De Paul University, Chicago. He has lectured at the following educational institutions: Northwestern University on the subject of site planning and related traffic impacts, at DePaul University on housing needs and planning, at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on zoning, the University of Illinois at Chicago on zoning, Eastern Illinois University of community development and at the University of New Orleans on zoning matters.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has had significant experience organizing and leading jobs that required subcontractors with complementary areas of expertise and managed these subcontractors throught the course of each contractural assignment in which they took part.

Other Skills and Services

He has appeared as an expert witness on behalf of public bodies, primarily cities, counties and towns, and private sector parties seeking approvals of zoning petitions. He has authored reports on the economic impact of proposals such as wind energy farms and fair housing. He has provided counsel to attorneys involved in law suits on the subject of fair housing. He has provided services as an expert in natural resourses, conservation and downtown planning. He has worked on assignments involving housing needs and demographic projections. He has worked on feaibility studies for proposed performing arts and convention facilities. He has a background in social planning as part the national Empowerment Zone program undertaken during the Clinton administration.


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